How Many 'wake-up Calls' Do Boehner And House Republicans Need?

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) needs some new material, or some new writers, or maybe both.

Boehner issued the following statement following the victory by Democrat Travis Childers in tonight's Mississippi special election: "The results in MS-01 should serve as a wake-up call to Republican candidates nationwide. As I've said before, this is a change election, and if we want Americans to vote for us we have to convince them that we can fix Washington. Our presidential nominee, Senator McCain, is an agent of change; candidates who hope to succeed must show that they're willing and able to join McCain in a leading movement for reform."

This is the statement that Boehner issued last week after Democrat Don Cazayoux triumphed in a Louisiana special election: "The result this weekend in Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District should serve as a wake-up call to Republican candidates across the country. As I said last week, this is a change election, and Republican candidates must show they are ready to lead a movement for reform. Our presidential nominee, Senator McCain, is an agent of change and reform, and if we're going to succeed in 2008 we need to have that same focus in all of our races across the country."

It's the exact same statement by Boehner, just swapping out Louisiana for Mississippi. Is that how you really issue a "wake-up call," by putting out the exact same statement every week in response to another electoral defeat? Boehner is going to have come up with something a lot more inspirational than "McCain is an agent of change" real quick if he is going to turn things around inside the House Republican Conference.